Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Review

✮✮✮✮ It’s exactly what it says in the title. Josh Dolphin and Penny Cartwright have adapted (well, not so much “adapted” as transposed) David Foster Wallace’s postmodern collection of short stories for the stage, transforming the prose into a series of blistering monologues, and the result is rather electric. We open on the cast huddled […]

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Potosi Review

✮✮✮ After Richard Parker and The Dumb Waiter last week, it is perhaps easy to make the case that the Burton-Taylor has had enough two-handers focused on male relationships in intimate settings for one term. The third such play on the trot, Potosi marks itself out from these efforts by focusing more on interesting characters […]

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Review: Bouncers

  ✮✮✮ A small space, pounding music, flashing lights. Sound familiar? At the Burton Taylor the cast of John Godber’s Bouncers unapologetically conjures up a night out in a Northern town. From the ritual of getting ready, to the unsteady taxi ride home, snapshots of the night are punctuated by the condescending glare of the […]

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Breathing corpses comes to life

✮✮✮✮ Contemporary playwright Laura Wade stands accused of a facility for language – something any company aiming to put on a performance of one of her plays should monopolise. Without understanding the need to play on the nuances of dialogue that permeate her writing – without pivotal pauses, stutters, and crescendos – any performance would […]

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Review: Replay

✮✮✮ In the first 10 minutes, I became terribly worried that I would be unable to write a review. I knew Replay was the product of an intelligent, albeit wacky, mind, but it felt incomprehensible. Therein lies its fault and wonder. In the shortest and simplest terms, Replay is about a peculiar relationship between Freya, […]

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Endgame off to a promising start

‘There’s a humanity in Endgame,’ director Will Felton tells me, ‘which is often overlooked.’ This is a bold claim to make – and if I hadn’t already seen what this production’s cast of four were capable of, I’d probably have scoffed. This Fools and Kings production of Endgame is every bit as unsettling as the best Beckett […]

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More Funny actually is

✮✮✮✮✮ The Buttless Chaps are back: four performers, 18 sketches, and a touch of oddly hilarious German musical to finish. Given the success of their show Some Funny earlier this year, the company had a tough job in making their return as entertaining with More Funny, but judging by the audience’s warm reception they’ve managed […]

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Halloween gets real in The Death of Maria

✮✮✮✮ As Halloween approaches and the chill of winter starts creeping in, a play about witchcraft and torture seemed fitting as I made the perilous walk via Cornmarket St towards the Burton Taylor Studio. Except the play isn’t really about witchcraft at all, although that is what the titular character Maria (Evie Ioannidi) is accused […]

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